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It always brings a smile to my face when I see a good business idea that has been well-executed bear fruit. Opening a new bar or restaurant these days in a place like Carvoeiro takes courage; what...

Quinta de Chocapalha

Chardonnay 2011

The Lisbon wine producing region, to the north of the capital, as I have said in this column more than once before, is one of the most exciting in the country these days....

Defining Portuguese aguardente

I was prompted to write this article because of something I had read about a vine pull programme and potential lack of grapes for the production of wine for distillation in the region of Lourinhã...

Pink with plenty of sparkle

Patrick Stuart brings us his top non‑Champagne pinks for the festive season

Good Champagne, of course, is the best sparkling wine in the world. At the recent Vila Joya gourmet festival...

An event to celebrate the festive season was enjoyed by 75 members and guests of the Algarve Wine Society during a Christmas dinner and dance at the Penina Hotel near Portimão on December 10....

Sweet celebration

Last year around this time I wrote about ports for the Christmas table and selected an LBV (Quinta de La Rosa) and a 10 or 20 year-old Tawny (Vallado) as some of the best out there in their...

Gift vouchers

This Christmas you can offer a special someone the chance to spend a day at one of Portugal’s most well known wine estates. Herdade do Esporão in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Alentejo, has special gift...

Luís Pato Vinhas Velhas 2010

If anyone can take credit for championing the Bairrada region and putting it firmly back on the map it is Luís Pato, and of course his daughter Filipa who has her own range of extremely good wines...

A perfect weekend for wine lovers...

Wine Emotions is getting ready to host two days of wine tastings this weekend.

The events will begin this Saturday at the company’s recently-opened showroom in Lagoa at 4pm, and will...

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